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Old 11-05-2007, 01:41 PM   #15
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For a new person....what are "hanging things and add on's"?

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Old 11-05-2007, 01:46 PM   #16
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I recently called about putting our '74 in a park with an "age rule"...
Them: "what year is your trailer?"
Me: "It's an Airstream."
Them: "And how long will you be staying with us?"

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:31 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by 10brink
For a new person....what are "hanging things and add on's"?
badly applied patches to cover collision damage and room air conditioners hanging out of side windows... You know, stuff that in certain parts of the country they would consider to be "enhancements."

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:41 PM   #18
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One thing I need to remember to do is to tell them we are towing with a vintage but restored car, when we are using the '57 and not the truck. I just don't even think of it sometimes and when we show up there's no issues, but I 'd hate to have the big surprise when we are tired after a long days tow. I realize that some campgrounds do not take well to vintage TV's believing that there's a higher probability of the hood being up for hours for minor maintenance, oil leaks to deal with etc and it's important to set their expectations up front, and to understand theirs. I have been at CG's where they have signs posted at the check in counter stating that no repairs are to be undertaken in the CG.

In all fairness to the parks there are some folks who's TV is either vintage or close, and in less than pristine condition and the owners view their time in the CG as a chance to do on going maintenance, swap out parts, or in a few cases we've witnessed - undertake major repairs.

The few times in the past, while towing vintage SOB's, when we've been asked about the caliber of our cars and we committed to the park owner that no one would be doing maintenance or even needing to do so, we have not had any issues. In fact, in Penticton, BC our car club stayed at a CG where the owner had that concern. When the group started filtering in he was getting more and more excited with the quality of the cars and matching trailers and made us all aware that we were welcome any time.

So, in addition to the concern about the age/quality of your trailer, even if it's an Airstream in excellent condition, if there are parts hanging off the TV, or it rivals the Exxon Valdez, it's important to understand the CG owners concerns. They are the ones left with the clean up and getting flack from the other campers.

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Old 11-06-2007, 05:28 AM   #19
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:24 AM   #20
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Recently I attended homecoming at WVU. They let RV's (for now anyway) camp for free in the coliseum parking lot. I had silver tube #2 (34' Avion triple axle) all shined up and looking brand new. I rolled in there and was the only silver trailer there. I thought the rig looked pretty nice.

50 yards from me were two 45' Prevosts. A guy hit a button and a big screen TV and full entertainment center came up out of the basement. Across from him were a bunch of "cheap" $300K class A's and they were setting up astro turf and a 15' long tikki bar complete with grass jungle shack. These guys were all high rollers.

Even though my trailer is in really good shape, I felt a little out of place alongsiide these guys. But they were all very friendly, and the $1.5M Prevost guys were laughing it up with the $4K Coleman guys like one big family

I actually got several compliments on my trailer from people with the big Class A motorhomes. I did have the longest trailer in the lot

But at any rate, you could have a 2008 Airsream 34' with slide out and comparing that to a Prevost is like a Yugo to a Benz.

That being said, as long as the rig is in good shape, they should be cool. Most people don't even know what an Avion is. I'll be sure and say "Airstream" if they ask about age .

When I took it to Cape Hatteras last summer, I was backing it into the spot, and two kids on bikes were watching. One said "That's the most coolest Airstream I ever did see!"

Yeah I know, I won't bring it to any WBCCI rallies. But hey, it's closer to an Airstream than a Mandalay Bay motorhome....Woooooo bad topic HA!
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:15 AM   #21
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Russell...that's because they know we Airstreamers are "special" people...besides the aluminum blinds them for enough time that we can fill out the registration form and be on site.
DW always tells me to "take the high road"...

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Old 11-06-2007, 01:54 PM   #22
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During the Balloon Fiesta our island of aluminum was surrounded by a sea of sob motor homes, thousands of them. Most of these people never left the MH. They were inside all day with the generators running and the satalite dishes pointed upwards. At night during the firworks display I noticed that some were looking out the front windows, but still never left the inside of the MH.

We had a lot more fun!


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Old 11-06-2007, 02:31 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by overlander63
I recently called about putting our '74 in a park with an "age rule"...
Them: "what year is your trailer?"
Me: "It's an Airstream."
Them: "And how long will you be staying with us?"
A most a appropriate comment, considering your avatar photo . Enjoy your travels.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:14 AM   #24
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I am going to post here even though this thread is a bit old. The one exception I have found is Sunset RV Park in Marble Falls, TX. They wouldn't even consider us coming because our Airstream is a 65. They told me their business is good enough they really only want big rigs and old RVs aren't matter the condition. Very frustrating since they are down the street from where we wanted to take our 16 month old to go play!
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:51 PM   #25
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Misty River RV Park in TN welcomes vintage trailers

Misty River was designed to have easy access for the "Big Rigs" yet they advertise that vintage trailers are very welcome too. They even host vintage trailer rallies there. Snubbing older Rigs,at some RV parks, is apparently more common than I had imagined. Our Avion's Aluminum doesn't shine, but it is always mistaken for an Airstream anyway. Maybe we will try that trick too!
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:23 AM   #26
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Over here in merry old Britain my '86' 345 mo is one of two in the UK, so everyone here rich or poor looks on and smiles wishing they had one. My friend who owns the other one took it to a major festival and people were clambering to take a look. Its nice being the star attraction ! Very proud of our Airstreams
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:36 AM   #27
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Our first RV was a 77 Barth, a big tin breadbox on wheels, which we had for 5 years before getting the Interstate. It was a great grandma-and-grandpa-mobile, but not very roadworthy. We cut our eyeteeth on it, and had a lot of wonderful times with small children, though, so it was worth every aggravation it gave us.

We got some hard looks driving it, but were never turned away from a campground. Some of those looks were from law enforcement, wondering if we had a rolling meth lab or other illicit activity going on in there, I suspect. Once they would see us, though, we never had any trouble and were never stopped or searched. We were always neat and tidy, too, which may have helped our oldie in those rather snooty RV parks. You know, the rattlettrap RV's with all the papers and junk on the dash? We weren't one of those.

More and more places are asking the year of your rig when you register or call in for a site. Personally, if a park requires, sight unseen, a certain level of "newness" to be in their park, it wouldn't likely be a place where we'd want to stay very long.


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